Reflections

2015 Reflections: David Ousted

As we continue to reflect on last season we want to thank our #GreatDane, @david_ousted_official_, for all his contributions to our success on and off the pitch in 2015.

David, thanks for the 15 clean sheets you kept (13 in the League)! Thanks for allowing the fewest goals in #MLS! Thanks for the 3 PKs you stopped, especially the pair away to #DeadBullNewJersey, which helped us win in their arena...again! Thanks for marshalling our back line! Thanks for showing your passion on the pitch! Thanks for helping us lift our very first #VoyageursCup...and for throwing your kit to one of our partners that fateful evening!!!

We also want to thank you for your leadership on the field and in the locker-room. One memory we have from this season was when one of our partners asked why you traveled with the squad to Edmonton (twice!) for the semi-finals of the #VsCup? Why didn't you stay home and let @mcarducci96 travel? You told us that @70tornaghi had always done such a good job supporting you as a backup and you wanted to do the same for him. It spoke volumes about your commitment to #OurClub and your teammates. #Respect!

We hope your off season with your family is going well! Give our best to your Dad, as we enjoyed meeting him on his visit this season. We look forward to seeing you back in #VanCity in a few weeks! Until then...

Much Love,

One of the Collective

#SupportIsAlways

P.S. Thanks to @bobfridimages (@whitecapsfc photographer) for this photo he took, in the players tunnel (under @raincitybrigade), of a kit-less David with his #Denmark flag and gold medal for winning The Voyageurs Cup! #Memories

2015 Reflections: Kah

Congrats to @boykah on signing a contract extension today! There is always some awkwardness when a player joins our team from a rival...especially within #CA5CADIA, but at least you didn't come directly from #Se4tt1e!

In all seriousness, we really appreciate the way you helped use your experience and personality to invest into the lives of so many of the other players in our squad. You seemed to not only mentor some of them, but to also be a unifying presence for the whole side. We really value that.

On the pitch you made some significant contributions to our defence that was best in the League in goals allowed! You also had a great year going forward. Your brace away in #MiddleCA5CADIA ON August 1st will not soon be forgotten!!!

Something else that will live long in the memories of all your teammates is how you chose to value and celebrate our first ever #VoyageursCup victory. The rings you designed and shared with your cohorts and the technical staff are brilliant!!! Stepping up like that is a true symbol of your love for #OurClub!

Thank you also for the way in which you support the supporters. We were grateful to have you in our section, the match before your brace, to have you lead #TheHumba (thanks for the passion you showed in doing that) and to participate in a kit swap with one of our partners (@kylevchristensen)!

All our best to you and your wonderful family this off season! We'll see you at the end of the month of January.

Much Love,

One of the Collective

P.S. Thanks to @bobfridimages (@whitecapsfc photographer) for capturing this photo.

2015 Reflections: Paolo Tornaghi

We begin our reflections on the 2015 campaign, and especially our squad, by focusing on @70tornaghi. Paolo never played an ‪#‎MLS‬ minute during his 2 yrs in ‪#‎VanCity‬, but he has still made significant contributions to ‪#‎OurClub‬!

Paolo is a consummate professional. He always ‪#‎GaveHisAll‬ in training & was a part of the positive chemistry w/in the team. That might sound like a nice thing to say, but when you spend time w/Paolo, you get to see what a genuine, caring person he is & you realize that all that you have heard rings true.

Paolo's putting the Club ahead of himself was made evident in the days following our April 26, 2014 last gasp draw in Salt Lake. Following ‪#‎SebastianFernandez‬ hitting an equalizer from distance @ the death, all the subs on our bench, entered the field of play to celebrate. The League wanted to suspend all of them. Paolo was accepting of taking all of the punishment & only he got the 1 match ban.

In addition to some Reserve & ‪#‎USL‬ matches, Paolo played in 7 Cup matches for us in 2015. In 4 ‪#‎CCL‬ games, Paolo led us to our first draw & win, in our inaugural campaign in this continental competition.

Of most importance, however, Paolo played in our first 3 ‪#‎VoyageurCup‬ matches. We were sad that you weren't given the chance to start in the 2nd Leg of the Finale, but once again you showed your true character in how you handled it. Thanks for your role in bringing us our very 1st ‪#‎VsCup‬!!! This will forever be a part of the story of our Club!!! ‪#‎Thanks‬ also for leading ‪#‎TheHumba‬ after the dramatic win in ‪#‎YEG‬ & swapping kits w/ our dear friend @jrunn14 & for your support of our movement.

We wish you & @valentina_70_ all our best for what is next in football & life. Know that wherever you end up, we will be following & supporting (except when you play us) from ‪#‎UpperCa5cadia‬. We hope our paths cross again!

‪#‎MilleGraziePaolo‬ ‪#‎SupportIsAlways‬

Much Love,

One of the Collective

P.S. Valentina, thx for supporting w/us in our section, @ UBC for ‪#‎WFC2‬ matches, @ our pub for away matches, & for helping display the ‪#‎JuntosLosHaremos‬ banner! ‪#‎YouRAwesome‬

P.P.S. Thx to @residualimage (@aftncanada photographer) for sharing this photo!